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Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern fight with NBC

10:05 AM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Sharon Osbourne blatantly avoided talking about NBC on Monday night's Late Show with David Letterman.

Dave asked her about leaving her judge's gig on America's Got Talent, saying, "Are you really not coming back to the show?"

She replied, "No, you know I've done it for six years. This show is the most fabulous show to work on. ... but it's just time. You know when your gut tells you -- time to move on, do other things."

She added, "I truly do love the show. If I wasn't on it, I'd still watch it." And she praised Howard Stern as being "brilliant."

But when Dave brought up NBC, asking if everything was "fine" there, Osbourne said, "Wasn't it terrible about the Titanic?"

And fellow judge Howard Stern is battling NBC, too.

He said on his SiriusXM radio show last week that an NBC executive made a "threatening kind of comment" to him after he blasted Jay Leno as a "spineless maggot."

According to The Wrap, Stern lit into Leno last Monday, following reports that Leno had taken a pay cut to save staffers' jobs after 20 employees were laid off from The Tonight Show. Stern didn't believe Leno had good intentions. "Jay wanted to cut staff. He's embarrassed to do it. He didn't want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they're a corporation."

Stern added, "I got sort of a threatening kind of comment from one of the (network) executives. I was laughing ... I said, 'Do not tell me to not talk about Jay Leno. I will ... talk about Jay Leno for four hours if you tell me not to."

USA TODAY

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